Fresh off another series win, the Baltimore Orioles have 10 regular season games left on their schedule.
At 87-65, the Orioles trail the New York Yankees by one game for the top spot in the AL East Division. Baltimore also holds a slim one-game lead over the Oakland Athletics for the first AL wild card race.
Looming three games behind Oakland for the second wild card spot is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Roaring from the flight deck 3.5 games back is a red-hot Tampa Bay Rays team that has won five straight games.
For Orioles fans, the next week or so is going to be laced with anxiety and excitement. Each win will be a countdown and each loss will seem like a gigantic punch in the gut.
Looking at Baltimore’s schedule, the Orioles have an excellent opportunity to earn their first postseason berth since 1997.
Monday, the Orioles come home to play a double header versus the Toronto Blue Jays. This is part of a four-game set against a Jays team that has lost six straight games and eight of their last 10.
After this series, Baltimore will play three games against the Boston Red Sox at the Yard.
In their final series, the Orioles will travel to Tampa Bay to play a potentially critical series against the Rays.
If the Orioles take care of business, they should sail into the postseason without much need of help.
Yet, should Baltimore slip a bit and need help, there are some interesting dynamics for other teams at play that may very well help this team down the stretch.
For the purpose of this feature, however, this slideshow will highlight five crazy scenarios the Orioles could face in its fight for the postseason.